Ayurveda – Chitraka Herb

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Ayurveda – Chitraka herb and its medical importance

Chitraka belongs to Plumbaginaceae family, the biological name of chitraka is Plumbago Zeylanica. This herb has various use as ayurvedic medicine. Below is complete description of this herb.

Vernacular Name:
Hindi Name-Cheeta
Telugu Name– Chitramulamu
English Name– Leadwort
Bengali Name– Chita
Marathi Name– Chitramul
Gujrati Name– Chitro
Tamil Name– Chittiri, chittira
Arabian name – Sheetaraj
Farsi name – Sheetar

carminative, digestive, useful in hemorrhoids, anti inflammatory, and anti colic, leadwort is the best.

Improves digestion strength
light to digest
relieves sprue, malabsorption syndrome,
useful in skin diseases
anti inflammatory
useful in intestinal worm infestation
useful in cough, cold
absorbent, absorbs excess moisture from intestines
useful in hemorrhoids of Vata origin (with pain)
It is used in the treatment of amenorrhoea.
It is used in the treatment of hepatomegaly and splenomegaly.
Red variety of Chitraka is Sthula Kayakara – because it improves appetite, it helps to gain weight.

It has Anti-Microbial activities : The plant extract posses Anti Bacterial, Anti Viral, and Anti Larvicidal properties.
It helps in strengthen the Immunity : The chemical constituent PLUMBAGIN helps in improvising the immune system of the person who consumes the plant extract.
It has Anti-Oxidant properties : The presence of Anti Oxidant in Chitraka is more than enough to counter the effect of toxins.
It has Anti-Inflammatory properties : Extracts of Chitraka contains anti inflammatory properties which are very useful in diseases like Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Chitraka is used in skin diseases, intake of powdered form chitraka helps in curing Leprosy. Chitraka is used in Diarrhoea.
It is highly beneficial in Obesity as it help in flushing out toxins from the body to clear the channels.
Chitraka is a renowned Rasayana ( The one which rejuvenates)
Chitraka is also used as a liver tonic, as it enhances the liver metabolism.
Plant extract of the plant even helps in lowering the cholesterol level.
It is even helpful in healing wounds its combination along with Devdaru is used to speed up the healing process

Home remedies:
1)Chitraka root of around 1 to 2 grams is taken along with buttermilk thrice daily to cure piles.
2)In case of obesity 1 to 2 gram of powder along with honey is taken.

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